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  • Lockheed Martin to deliver Israeli upgrades for Block 3F+ standard F-35

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver Israeli-specific upgrades for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) as part of a wider Block 3F+ software package. The USD147.96 million contract modification was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 February, and is set to

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: Taiwan acquires AR-1500 airborne radio system

    Rockwell Collins has secured Taiwan as the launch customer for its latest TruNet AR-1500 networked communications airborne radio system, the company announced on 4 February. The deal will enable Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC), headquartered in the western city of

  • HAL tests indigenous flight control system for Light Combat Helicopter

    India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) using an indigenously developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), the state-owned aerospace and defence company announced in a statement on 31 January. “The maiden

  • Horizon Technologies finalises Xtender SIGINT system

    Horizon Technologies has completed the development of its Xtender satellite phone monitoring system, which enables small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to operate as signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection platforms. Xtender supports simultaneous monitoring of L-band communications from Thuraya

  • CCD COE takes on NATO cyber training

    The NATO Co-operative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) will co-ordinate education and training in cyber defence operations for all bodies in the Alliance under a new plan announced in late January. The CCD COE is a NATO-accredited cyber defence hub that focuses on exercises, research,

  • IAI to examine blockchain for defence applications

    Blockchain has significant potential to secure military networks, according to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), which has announced plans to co-operate with a bank to research the technology. Blockchain, which is best known as an essential component of virtual currencies like Bitcoin, allows the

  • USS Gerald R Ford hones flight operations amid development concerns

    Facing continued development questions over its next-generation aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the US Navy (USN) has been able to prove the Ford class can maintain sustained flight operations with its mainstay carrier combat aircraft. "We continue to see progress in the testing

  • New EDA study to investigate big data sources for modelling training scenarios

    How to fold big data and artificial intelligence (AI) into modelling and simulation scenarios to train for decision-making during hybrid warfare is the focus of a new study by the European Defence Agency (EDA), the results of which should emerge in late 2018, according to the agency. Launched in

  • Boeing designs T-X cockpit display for students of personal device generation

    Key Points Boeing designed its T-X cockpit displays with flatscreens and intuitive functionality The company on 30 January unveiled the display Boeing designed its T-X aircraft cockpit display with flat screens for students from the personal device generation, according to a key executive.

  • DARPA seeks to prevent cyber attacks via COTS components

    Key Points ConSec will curtail configuration setting vulnerabilities One challenge will be to reduce the scale of the issue Advances in technology and the advent of the Internet of Things have led to a growth in the size and complexity of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components and subsystems.

  • MANTIS becomes operational in Mali

    The Bundeswehr's Modular, Automatic and Network capable Targeting and Interception System (MANTIS) counter-rocket, artillery and mortar defence (C-RAM) system became operational in Mali on 24 January, the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 26 January. MANTIS sensors and an

  • HuAF Mi-24s to receive night vision

    Eight Hungarian Air Force (HuAF) Mi-24V and Mi-24P gunships delivered to the 419th Aircraft Repair Plant (419 ARZ), a subsidiary of Rostec’s Russian Helicopters, will be overhauled, modernised, and have night vision googles (NVG) integrated, it has been announced. The work will be conducted

  • Raytheon targets cyber force training requirement

    Raytheon has been demonstrating a proof-of-concept cyber trainer in advance of an expected solicitation for a Persistent Cyber Training Environment (PCTE) from the US Army. The army is seeking a training platform that enables cyber mission forces (CMF) to train in emulated network environments

  • US Army licenses Scorpion’s ScenGen AI for UGCS

    Key Points ScenGen can generate all possible scenarios for any given situation UGCS enables different army UASs to interoperate The US Army has contracted with Stryke Industries to license Scorpion Computer Services’ Scenario Generator (ScenGen), an artificial intelligence (AI) engine that

  • New RN sonar training facility opens

    A new submarine sonar training facility has opened at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, to deliver realistic training for Royal Navy (RN) submariners operating the Thales Sonar 2076 submarine active/passive integrated sonar system. The Thales-supplied trainer, known as the Rapidly Reconfigurable

  • CMI Defence outlines UAV integration

    CMI Defence has provided details on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) integration onto its turret systems. Speaking to Jane's at the IQPC International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference, a representative from CMI Defence said that the integration was completed approximately 18 months ago following a

  • Indonesia selects communication, sonar suite from Wärtsilä ELAC Nautik for Nagapasa submarines

    Key Points Indonesia has selected the Wärtsilä ELAC KaleidoScope submarine sonar suite for its Nagapasa class Suite provides platform with all-round underwater surveillance capabilities including detection, classification, and tracking of contacts Indonesia’s Nagapasa (Type

  • DARPA selects Orbital ATK for AFRE hypersonic engine research project

    Orbital ATK said on 23 January it entered into a contract with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study potential integration of turbine and hypersonic engine technologies into a new aircraft propulsion system under DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine (AFRE) programme,

  • PLAN deploys H-6G bomber in electronic warfare configuration

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has deployed for the first time its Xian Aircraft Corporation H-6G bomber in an electronic warfare configuration as part of recent “combat manoeuvres”, according to Chinese state-owned media. Equipped with an electronic

  • Portugal to train São Tomé and Príncipe coastguard

    The Portuguese Navy's auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel (AOR) NRP Bérrio (A5210) and Cacine-class coastal patrol ship NRP Zaire (P1146) arrived in São Tomé and Príncipe on 22 January to support the training of the African nation’s coastguard (Guarda Costeira de São

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